COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University president Gordon Gee and head football coach Jim Tressel met with members of Team OSU that are training for the upcoming Pelotonia event scheduled for Aug. 28-30. Tressel, who will ride 25 miles during the event, urged those in attendance to participate, either by riding or volunteering on race day.

Following the program, some 24 additional riders registered, according to the Pelotonia Twitter page. Nearly 2,000 people are now scheduled to ride in the event, including seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.

Pelotonia is a grass roots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center- James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Driven by the passion of its cyclists and volunteers, and their family and friends, Pelotonia’s annual cycling experience will be a place of hope, energy and determination. Leveraging Netjets’ transformational gift, Pelotonia directs 100% of every dollar raised to research. It is a community of people coming together to chase down cancer and defeat it.

As the Midwest’s first and Ohio’s only freestanding cancer hospital and research institute, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The James is a national leader in creating and testing new therapies based on scientific research, many of which are offered nowhere else in the world.